Arsenal were denied a last-minute penalty against Bayern Munich after Bukayo Saka went down following a coming together with Manuel Neuer.

The Gunners were looking to take a 3-2 lead into the second leg of the quarter-final tie and felt they were unfortunate not to have a spot kick to end the game.

Ally McCoist initially felt that Saka had been fouled after he took a touch inside the Bayern area and hit Neuer whilst running to collect the ball, but shifted his opinion after seeing a replay. “I thought it was a penalty, I am telling you right now,” he said during a furious finale.

“Here we see it, does he [Neuer] catch him? I’ll tell you what he does do, he [Saka] throws his foot in. He certainly catches him, but the wee fella throws his foot in. You know something, the referee might just have got that one correct because I don’t think Saka needs to throw his right leg into him.”

The decision was initially believed to have been reviewed by VAR with the referee appearing to mouth to the players that it had been checked. However, debating the decision on TNT Sports, the punditry team threw this into doubt, questioning whether the officials had properly investigated the incident. Arsenal players were incensed by the call at full-time with several players crowding the referee.

Speaking afterwards and Martin Keown was shocked that the decision did not go in his former side’s favour. “Wow. I thought it was a penalty. I thought the referee had a good game.

“There is a suspicion that Saka puts his foot towards the ball, but the movement from the goalkeeper, Neuer is actually going towards that ball and comes out and makes the challenge. For me that is a penalty all day long.”

Rio Ferdinand is in the same camp. “How has that not been given?” he said. “I can’t believe it with VAR and everything. I can’t believe that has not been given.

“That man in your picture [Neuer], has got a life there. Saka today, I thought was the most dangerous player for Arsenal. He is running through there, that is a penalty. I’m in the stadium, I can’t believe it and I am walking around in disbelief with my hands on top of my head.”

After scoring the equaliser in the second half, Leandro Trossard also felt that the officials got the call wrong. “On the pitch it looked like a penalty to me,” he said. “I haven’t seen the replay but for me, it looked like there was clear contact but I will have to wait until after to see it again. ”

Arsenal will have the chance to respond when they travel to Munich next week with the game level on aggregate. Saka himself had given Mikel Arteta’s side the perfect start to the game before goals from Serge Gnabry and Harry Kane turned things around for the visitors.

Trossard brought his side back on terms after brilliance from Gabriel Jesus with the two substitutes combining. Heading into the second leg it’s all to play for.